San Juan National Forest Plan & Revision

The San Juan National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) was released in September 2013, along with a Final Environmental Impact Statement, Record of Decision for the Forest Plan and a Record of Decision for the Oil and Gas Leasing Analysis. The Forest Plan provides a strategic vision and guides long term management of the entire San Juan National Forest.

The San Juan Forest Plan is a living document and may be amended or otherwise changed as new information becomes available or land and resource conditions change.  Forest Plan amendments and administrative changes are tools used to keep the plan up to date and relevant.

The 2013 San Juan Forest Plan, along with amendments and administrative changes that have occurred since its release, are available here: 

2013 San Juan National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (.pdf)

 Hard copies of the Forest Plan can also be reviewed at the following locations:

  • San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301
  • Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323
  • Columbine Ranger District, 367 Pearl Street, Bayfield, CO 81122
  • Pagosa Ranger District, 180 Pagosa Street, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
  • BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215
  • USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 740 Simms St., Golden, CO 80401
  • Public Libraries in: Cortez, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Dove Creek, Norwood, Silverton, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Fort Lewis College-Durango

This plan revision replaces the San Juan National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan of 1983. The Forest Plan was revised under the provisions of the 1982 USFS Planning Rule. The FEIS also supports an Oil and Gas Leasing Availability Decision. 

Recreation Site Analysis and Plan of Work:

The San Juan National Forest has released a draft Recreation Site Analysis and Plan of Work for public review and feedback: Recreation Site Analysis Page

Travel Analysis Process (TAP) Reports:

Travel analysis is an integrated ecological, social, and economic science-based approach to transportation planning that addresses existing and future road and motorized trail management options.  A complete science-based travel analysis informs management decisions about the benefits and risks of :  constructing new routes in unroaded areas; relocating, stabilizing, changing the standards of, or decommissioning unneeded routes; access issues; and increasing, reducing, or discontinuing route maintenance.  An appropriate balance between the benefits of access to the national forest and the risks of route-associated effects to ecosystems is necessary to develop an optimum transportation system.  One of the Forest Services’ top priorities is to provide road and motorized trail systems that are safe to the public, responsive to public needs, environmentally sound, affordable, and efficient to manage.  Completing a Travel Analysis Process (TAP) is a key step to identifying a minimum road system and meeting this objective.  TAP reports have been completed for each Ranger District.

Following is the completed "Forest Scale" Roads Analysis Process (RAP) Report covering the San Juan National Forest.  RAP was the name used before it was changed to TAP.

San Juan National Forest Forest-Scale Roads Analysis Report (.pdf, 4.94 MB, 129 pages)

Travel Analysis Process Reports by district:

Forest-wide Travel Analysis Process Map:

San Juan National Forest Road Risk/Benefit Assessment Map 09/2015 (.pdf)